Couple’s dazzling home Christmas display

Sue Sanford outside her home in Harleston. She has decorated her home for Christmas to raise funds f

Sue Sanford outside her home in Harleston. She has decorated her home for Christmas to raise funds for charity.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

A Harleston couple have created a dazzling display to brighten up the festive season and raise cash for charity at the same time.

Sue Sanford outside her home in Harleston. She has decorated her home for Christmas to raise funds f

Sue Sanford outside her home in Harleston. She has decorated her home for Christmas to raise funds for charity.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

The front garden of Sue Sanford and her partner Peter George in Pound Close is home to scores of Christmas figures, trees and lights after four weekends hard work setting everything up.

Sue Sanford outside her home in Harleston. She has decorated her home for Christmas to raise funds f

Sue Sanford outside her home in Harleston. She has decorated her home for Christmas to raise funds for charity.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

There is a nativity scene, penguins, reindeer, Father Christmases galore and a pair of chipmunks which dance and sing to Justin Bieber's hit song Baby.

The couple have been putting on a Christmas lights display every year since 2001, when they decided to raise funds for the charity Cancer Research UK.

Mrs Sanford, 66, said: 'We used to do it before as well, but then I had breast cancer and somebody said, 'well why don't you do donations?' so we started doing it for Cancer Research. Last year we got over £300.'


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A new addition for this year is a North Pole display with model polar bears, penguins on a blanket of faux snow.

Mrs Sanford said: 'There will come a time when we can't do it any more and we will have to give it up, but we enjoy it for the moment.

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Mrs Sanford said their lights switch-on would take place on Friday at 5pm, and then the display would be lit up every evening between 5pm and 9pm until the end of the year. She added that normally about 30 or 40 people came along to the switch-on.

She said: 'It's nice to see the kids' faces all lit up, and the faces of the grown-ups, too.'

The couple's house is also adorned with hundreds of Christmas lights.

The main Christmas lights switch-on in Harleston will take place on Saturday.

Do you have a Christmas lights event coming up? Email reporter Stuart Anderson at stuart.anderson@archant.co.uk

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